COVID-19 has changed the way we interact with and produce food. As we each look to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and prepare for potentially similar outbreaks in the future, there are many questions around the risks associated with food production and to our employees to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained for the public. Below you can find useful links to expert resources to help address your specific questions. We will continue to provide updates to these resources as the situation changes and new information becomes available.
- Food Industry Guidance on COVID-19
- Industry Resources by Commodity
- Food Industry FAQs
- Templates & Trainings
- COVID-19 Management Training
- COVID-19 Modeling
All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the US are eligible to be vaccinated.
- Minors 5 years of age and older that reside in the US are eligible to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- All individuals 16 years of age and older that reside in the US are eligible to receive a booster dose of vaccine.
Vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider. To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, go to New York State's vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible adults. While the vaccination process is underway, New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and follow all other health guidelines.
Food Industry Virtual Office Hours
Join us for Q&A and facilitated discussions during our Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to Cornell University food safety experts in dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.
COVID-19: State of the Food Industry – Needs Assessment Survey
A needs assessment survey was conducted to identify the needs of the US food industry in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 in their facilities and operations and to assess the ongoing adoption of COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the work environment. This document provides a brief description of the major preliminary findings.
COVID Alert NY
- COVID Alert NY phone app is part of New York’s Contact Tracing Program that will enhance the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep New Yorkers informed. Visit this page from New York State Department of Health to find information about how to download and use the COVID Alert NY app. Posted on October 2, 2020.
- COVID Alert NY es la aplicación oficial del Sistema de Notificación de Exposición de New York creada por el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York, que mejorará los esfuerzos del estado para contener la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener informados a los neoyorquinos. Visite esta página del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York para encontrar información sobre cómo descargar y usar la aplicación COVID Alert NY. Posted on October 2, 2020.
No Evidence to Support Food Associated Transmission of COVID-19
- Visit this page to find a joint statement from the USDA and FDA that affirms current epidemiological and scientific information indicating no transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging. Posted on February 19, 2021.
- Visit this page from the FDA to find a joint statement from the USDA and FDA on "Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19." Posted on June 30, 2020.
- Visit this page from the CDC to find their statement regarding food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
- Visit this page from the FDA to find their statement regarding food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
- Visit this page from the European Food Safety Authority to find their statement regarding food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
- Visit this page from the German Institute of Risk Assessment to find their statement regarding food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
Food Industry Resources
- Visit this page from the CDC to find updated COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations. Posted on January 13, 2022.
- Visit this page to find information explaining why the CDC shortened isolation and quarantine in their updated recommendations. Posted on January 13, 2022.
- Visit this page from the White House to find an announcement from President Biden about new actions being taken to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants this winter. Posted on December 2, 2021.
- Visit this page from the CDC to find information about the first confirmed case of Omicron variant detected in the United States. Posted on December 2, 2021.
- Visit this page from the NY FarmNet to find stress management support for farmers, farm families, agricultural service providers, veterinarians, milk truck drivers, and others involved in the agricultural industry in New York State. Posted on November 30, 2021.
- Visit this page from the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement (CREE) to find the results of a USDA funded research and outreach project that assessed the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems in order to develop strategies for coping with future crises. Posted on November 18, 2021.
- Visit this page from OSHA to find information about OSHA taking no steps to implement or enforce the newly proposed emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Posted on November 18, 2021.
- Visit this page from OSHA to find a fact sheet with workers’ rights under the "COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard." Posted on November 12, 2021.
- Visit this page from OSHA to find their "Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing." Posted on November 9, 2021.
- Visit this page from the CDC to find guidance for implementing COVID-19 prevention strategies in the context of varying community transmission levels and vaccination coverage. Posted on July 28, 2021.
- Visit this page from Cornell University to find a white paper focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on New York’s farms and food systems. Posted on October 27, 2020.
- Visit this page from Food Safety Tech to find COVID-19 resources for the food industry. Posted on May 11, 2020.
- Visit this page from the Food Industry Association to find COVID-19 resources for the food industry. Posted on March 24, 2020.
- Visit this page from FDA-CFSAN to find a portal for questions related to food safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Posted on March 20, 2020.
- Visit this page from the FDA to find resources for industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety. Posted on March 18, 2020.
COVID-19 Financial Assistance
- Visit this page from the USDA to find information on their Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant program that were initiated to support agricultural stakeholders who haven’t yet received substantial federal financial assistance in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Posted on September 14, 2021.
- Visit this page from the USDA to find information on their Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance program available to dairy farmers who received a lower value due to market abnormalities caused by the pandemic. Posted on August 30, 2021.
- Visit this page from the NYS Empire State Development to find information about small business economic recovery and COVID-19 loans and assistance in NYS. Posted on June 3, 2020.
COVID-19 Resources & Guidance Archive
Some of the resources from this page have been archived in an effort to highlight relevant information. Please note that information in this document may be outdated and links may no longer function.
If you have specific questions around ingredients, cleaning/sanitation chemicals and procedures, personnel practices, or other food safety, supply, and distribution changes, reach out to our experts:
- Dairy: Rob Ralyea (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kimberly Bukowski (email@example.com)
- Fresh Produce: Dr. Elizabeth Bihn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gretchen Wall (email@example.com)
- Processed Fruits and Vegetables: Dr. Martin Wiedmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Randy Worobo (email@example.com)
- Fermented Beverages: Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chris Gerling (email@example.com)
- All Other Foods: Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Bruno Xavier (email@example.com)
Our team can also provide process authority services in case you need to change processes and/or formulations. For more information visit the Cornell Food Venture Center and for dairy-related process authority services contact Rob Ralyea (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This work is supported by USDA NIFA AFRI Grant NO:2020-68006-32875/ Accession no. 1024254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.